Ann Arbor Japan Week

Families can enjoy the city's culturally rich Ann Arbor Japan Week, June 16-22, 2019, which offers a ton of family fun dedicated to Japanese culture.

Japanese drummers playing music

The Center for Japanese Studies hosts their annual Ann Arbor Japan Week, June 16-22, 2019, which features a wide variety of Japan-related programs for families – including seminars, special performances, film events, art displays and workshops – that are free and open to the public.

Kick off the week with a free screening of the anime flick, Ponyo, starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at Michigan Theater.

After that, the events happen at venues all across Tree Town at various times throughout the week. On June 17, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., stop by the Matthaei Botanical Gardens to see a collection of azalea bonsai in bloom. After, swing by the University of Michigan Library Computer & Video Game Archive for some Japanese video games until 7 p.m.

Then on June 18 from 4-5:30 p.m., head to Weiser Hall to learn about Japanese fashion and textiles.

On June 19, those with an eye for Japanese art can treat themselves to a Japanese Crests Letterpress Lab at the Ann Arbor Distric Library Downtown Branch.

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Families delve even further into the culture’s artwork on Thursday at the Family Japanese Art Studio at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and explore the world of Ikebana Flower Arranging at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch.

Sushi rolling is the name of the game Friday evening at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch and Saturday features even more fun with musical performances by Taiko Drummers at the Downtown Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library and Japanese stories at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Take the entire family to learn and participate in authentic Japanese customs, art and legends for a fun-filled week the kids won’t soon forget!

Times for each activity or event varies. Check the Ann Arbor Japan Week website for full details. For more information on Ann Arbor Japan Week, or details on other family fun things to do this weekend in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor – in the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly. 

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